Up The Road

Series produced by North State Public Radio

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Image by: Kim Weir 

A 4 minute self-contained module; Up the Road is dedicated to sustaining the California story, and to deepening your connection to this unique and amazing place. Each week Up the Road shares stories about the land, its natural history, its people, the lives they have lived, the stories they have told over the centuries, the stories they are creating right now. The stories that keep us all here, that create California’s ecology of home.

If you travel mostly to escape the daily drudge, Up the Road host Kim Weir suggests you think again. Travel matters, every bit as much as other choices you make every day. Which is why Up the Road encourages everyone to travel responsibly. Here in California as elsewhere around the world, responsible travel means appreciating nature, valuing natural resources, respecting and preserving culture and history, and supporting local economies in healthy ways.

Up the Road is dedicated to responsible California travel—to sustaining the California story by deepening your connection to this unusual and surprising place. Each week Up the Road shares stories about the land, its natural history, and its people, the lives they have lived, the stories they have told over the centuries, and the stories they are creating right now. The stories that keep us all here, that create California’s unique ecology of home.

Host Kim Weir is editor and founder of Up the Road, a nonprofit public-interest journalism project dedicated to sustaining the California story. She is also a member of the Society of American Travel Writers, and author of all of the original California “handbooks” put out by Moon Publications, now Avalon Travel. Weir lives in Paradise, California.

Up the Road is a joint production of Up the Road and North State Public Radio, initially produced by Sarah Bohannon. The show is now produced by Matt Fidler and distributed by PRX. Up the Road’s theme song was written and produced by Kirk Williams. Hide full description

If you travel mostly to escape the daily drudge, Up the Road host Kim Weir suggests you think again. Travel matters, every bit as much as other choices you make every day. Which is why Up the Road encourages everyone to travel responsibly. Here in California as elsewhere around the world, responsible travel means appreciating nature, valuing natural resources, respecting and preserving culture and history, and supporting local economies in healthy ways.Up the Road is dedicated to responsible California travel—to sustaining the California story by deepening your connection to this unusual and surprising place. Each week Up the Road shares stories about the land, its natural history, and its people, the lives they have lived, the stories they have told over the centuries, and the... Show full description


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After Disneyland (don’t worry, we’ll get there), what’s there to do in Orange County? Obvious next destination is the coast. Which, here, means the...

  • Added: May 10, 2021
  • Length: 04:00
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Disneyland is open, social distancing and masks required. (Yes, you can get Disney-themed face masks, even a $300 Minnie Mouse backpack.) Disneylan...

  • Added: May 04, 2021
  • Length: 04:00
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Some say the most engaging museum in Sacramento is the old city cemetery, once known, poetically, as the City of the Dead. Grand monuments, lovely ...

  • Added: Apr 27, 2021
  • Length: 04:00
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Sacramento feels something like other valley towns, but bigger. And it has big surprises. An exciting food scene, for one thing, at least before CO...

  • Added: Apr 15, 2021
  • Length: 04:00
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The original gold rush boomtown of Sacramento boomed first as a tent city along the river’s mudflats, an area more or less defined these days by Fr...

  • Added: Apr 06, 2021
  • Length: 04:00
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Here’s another place to try out the idea of traveling again in polite society. How about Sacramento? Looking for an icon—like New York, the Big App...

  • Added: Mar 22, 2021
  • Length: 04:00
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We’ve finally arrived at the edge of the Mojave Desert. Before we push on, let’s take a side trip, a morning romp with the reptiles at the Desert T...

  • Added: Mar 10, 2020
  • Length: 03:59
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When nights get nippy, some of us start dreaming of the desert—and not necessarily because of dreamy weather. California’s desert gets cold in wint...

  • Added: Mar 04, 2020
  • Length: 04:00
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We’ve been wandering through the western Sierra Nevada foothills, known these days as the Gold Country, visiting the legacy of California’s Gold Ru...

  • Added: Feb 19, 2020
  • Length: 04:00
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Most of us take a romantic view of California’s gold rush—a bunch of old guys with beards and wide-brimmed hats wading into pristine mountain strea...

  • Added: Feb 12, 2020
  • Length: 04:00
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Even in winter, California parks have much to offer. Including 200-some state parks, most of them still accessible, at least most of the time. One ...

  • Added: Feb 05, 2020
  • Length: 04:00
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California is rich in state parks. Some preserve elements of our cultural history. Others protect and explain natural history. And some manage to d...

  • Added: Jan 30, 2020
  • Length: 04:00
Caption: Donner Party historical monument, at Donner Memorial State Park near Donner Summit, Credit: Photo by Don Graham
We continue our appreciation of California’s unique state parks, this week stopping at a spot you’ve probably passed many times, pushing to get to ...

  • Added: Jan 22, 2020
  • Length: 04:00
Caption: Rick Steves Headquarters
For the winter reading season, we’ve been looking for good place-related books to keep us company. So far, we’ve sampled two different, equally wor...

  • Added: Jan 15, 2020
  • Length: 04:00
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It’s reading season, now that the days are cold and nights quite long. In addition to Kevin Starr’s wonderful Americans and the California Dream se...

  • Added: Jan 08, 2020
  • Length: 04:00
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With winter’s dark fully upon us, now’s the time to catch up on substantial reading. And Up the Road has good reads to recommend, books about Calif...

  • Added: Dec 31, 2019
  • Length: 04:00
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We continue visiting unique California state parks this week, with a stop at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park east of San Diego and south of Palm Spr...

  • Added: Dec 18, 2019
  • Length: 04:00
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Next time you head north or south, find a way to go via US Route 395 on the Sierra Nevada’s east side—once known as The Three Flags Highway, becaus...

  • Added: Dec 10, 2019
  • Length: 04:00
Caption: Russian Chapel at Fort Ross
We continue looking at unique state parks this week, with a visit to Fort Ross, an outpost of imperial Russia that still stands on American soil. T...

  • Added: Dec 04, 2019
  • Length: 04:00
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We continue our close-up look at some of California’s most unique state parks this week, with a closer look Hearst Castle. There are American castl...

  • Added: Nov 26, 2019
  • Length: 04:00